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    Like people said in this thread already. This is a way to express yourself... I myself I'm building a regular computer with a 110 Watt power, and a 165 Watt inverter. I got two square kicker 1200 Watt subs, 150 Watt new tweaters, 1600 Watt amp, delorme usb gps, and the computer is just a pentium III, with 256 MB or Ram and win 2003 server.

    Ok.. so I read and then I look around and saw what I could build... then I decided... and started building.. I recommend doing the same. Good luck and make sure to show off your project in this forums.

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    One mroe question

    Opus is 200$ for 150W and the goodies to sequence it with your ignition

    But I found this at 100$ which is way cheaper and seems to do the same
    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...490737239&rd=1

    can someone light me on this to see if it's all good or I should pay double for the Opus?

    Etienne

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    you could search these forums for 24hours straight and still not read all the information on ITPS vs Opus vs Carnetix, I know I did, and in the end I opted for a Morex case with builtin Morex PSU and a Carnetix.
    If you have the extra money to spend on an Opus go for it, if you feel you need 150 watts, personally I don't see me using more than 50 wats in the near future so I opted for the Carnetix & Morex PSU

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDLoaner
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    <--Now go find your pipe
    You have problem with people smoking pot?

    Michael
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    I am having the same problems that the original poster is having. Unlike him money is a factor for me. Most cases that you see are about 80-100 dollars and these include a power supply. Now if I buy that case and a carnetix that is about 160-180 dollars. However, an Opus 90w PSU is 160 dollars. So If I could find a case that came without a power supply (say for 40 dollars) I could get the Opus (which I am assuming is better) for only a few more dollars then a carnetix. So, two questions. What do you guys think about this and do you know where I can find a small case that looks cool (I like the Morex 3688) without a power supply included.
    Jason (first time poster)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swingpoha
    What do you guys think about this and do you know where I can find a small case that looks cool (I like the Morex 3688) without a power supply included.
    Jason (first time poster)
    Make one? (cheaper)

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    If you have money, don't go with a Via CPU. I have one in my HTPC and it's too slow. I was going to get one of these until I decided that my PIII 933 was doing the job well enough. Although, I might give my current setup to my friend and try out that P4 board just because it's nice and small. You'll need to buy the P4 chip itself separately if you go with that board.

    Don't listen to anyone who tells you how great the MP3+ is or just to use the on-board audio. Get yourself an Auidigy 2 NX. It's a world of difference.

    The Opus 150 is sort of like Cristal; everything else is ****. (And if one out fifty people tell you an Opus gave them problems, it's to Opus' credit.)

    I had a hard drive develop bad sectors and cause my machine to freeze after being on for ten minutes. I just installed a 30g laptop hard drive and I wish I had gone with one from the beginning, just because of its size if not its alleged durability.

    Get a well made, powered USB hub with more than four ports. I can't recommend a brand as I still have to find one myself.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibewslave
    I like the Carnetix PS better. I had an OPUS 90W and it didn't quite cut it for me. The Carnetix survives the crank better, much better. With the OPUS I lost power. It's cheaper and has a delay on for amps built in. Very nice unit, built exceptionally well . It also has a cooling fan

    Enjoy

    How can you 'survive a crank better'? You either survive a crank or you don't. The Opus 90 watt has the remote option for the amps if you requested it at ordering. Mine does.

    Don't know about the Carnetix (like the name, though), but the Opus has been flawless from day one.

    Michael
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    RoadRunner, MapMonkey, Pioneer HU, Pioneer 4 ch 400W, Kappa 6.5, Basslink X 200W

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    Don't know about the Carnetix (like the name, though),
    ...I like yours too...
    How can you 'survive a crank better'? You either survive a crank or you don't.
    ..well....I'll have to disagree with you a bit. Let me give you an example.

    I can only speak for the CarNetix product (since I'm somwhat more familiar with it than Opus ). The CNX-P1260 can withstand in input voltage drop down to below 7.5V on the input while providing it's full 5 Amp output. If it is only providing 3.5 amps (ie you are not fully loading the PSU) it can withstand as low as 5.5V input. I would assume the Opus has similar performance characteristics. Therefore, the term "surviving crank" has a somewhat fuzzy definition depending upon load, and how far your battery dips during cranking.

    Hope this helps clear things up.
    MikeH

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    Question

    One of the things that I'm looking in a PSU (the ITPS is not cutting it.. ) is the ability to turn off the ignition, have the CarPC go to standby (not fully power off), and resume when ignition turns on again. Since the ITPS can't survive cranking, the PC loses power and turns off, so it requires either a full shutdown or hibernation (which causes problems with reconnecting to my GPS, is too slow to boot to be an effective in-car media source, etc..). Looking through the specifications on the Carnetix site, it doesn't specificly state that power is supplied to the PC in the idle state (and quite specificly states that PSU power is turned on in the RunDelay state), like the Opus manual does. Does anyone know if this is in fact supported, or does it remove power from the PC after it's shutdown timer expires?

    Since I already have a PW-70A, I'd rather save some money by just replacing the ITPS, but if I have to go to an Opus I guess it's my only other option..

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